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4:45 PM ET, April 13, 2010

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Biz / Twitter Blog:
Hello World  —  Although our services extend beyond the Web, Twitter ranks as one of the most popular sites on the Internet.  Over the years, we've resisted introducing a traditional Web advertising model because we wanted to optimize for value before profit.
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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Twitter Unveils Plans to Draw Money From Ads  —  Twitter will unveil on Tuesday a much-anticipated plan for making money from advertising, finally answering the question of how the company expects to turn its exponential growth into revenue.  —  The advertising program …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Twitter's Costolo: Promoted Tweets And The Importance Of ‘Resonance’  —  With Twitter's big announcement of how it plans to make money with Promoted Tweets out of the way, the micro-blogging service's COO Dick Costolo took the stage at the Ad Age Digital Conference to sell the idea.
Discussion: AdAge
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Twitter Has a Business Model: ‘Promoted Tweets’  —  Search Ads For Twitter That Split Difference Between ‘Earned’ and ‘Paid’ Media  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — In the four years since Twitter launched, two questions have hung over the micro-blog service: Can it make money?  If so, how?
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Twitter To Roll Out “Promoted Tweets”: Initial Thoughts (Developing)
Discussion: TechCrunch, broadstuff and the Econsultancy blog, Thanks:atul
Apple:
Apple Updates MacBook Pro Line  —  Faster Processors, Next-Generation Graphics & Up to 10 Hours of Battery Life  —  Apple® today updated the MacBook® Pro line with faster processors, powerful next-generation NVIDIA graphics and even longer battery life.
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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
MacBook Pro 15-inch Core i7 Benchmarked: It's So Fast  —  The new 17 and 15-inch MacBook Pros with Core i5/i7 processors are fast.  Fast.  Overall I'd say they're about 50% faster than the last gen Core 2 Duos, which is about the same bump the iMacs got with Core i7.
Discussion: MacRumors and DVICE
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
New MacBook Pros support audio over Mini DisplayPort
Discussion: MacRumors and Engadget
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Apple snubs Blu-ray in new MacBook Pro line
Discussion: Engadget and InfoWorld
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
HTC Incredible specs  —  One of our Verizon connects just came through for us in a huge way by passing along the entire spec list for the fast approaching HTC Incredible.  There's not a whole lot for us to say with this one so we'll let the specs do the talking, but damn can we not wait to finally get our hands on this phone.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
A Google Tablet Could Be Good News for Adobe  —  As Ashlee Vance and I report in a Monday article, Hewlett-Packard, Acer, Microsoft and a suite of other companies are hard at work on products that they hope will be iPad killers.  —  Apple will likely swat at most of these companies …
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Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
HTC Studying Whether to Have Own Smartphone Software  —  HTC Corp., Taiwan's largest mobile- phone maker, is studying whether to equip phones with its own operating system, a move that may intensify competition with Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp.  —  “We continue to assess …
PC World:
Intel Puts Google's Android on Atom Smartphones  —  Intel has ported Google's Android mobile operating system to smartphones based on its Atom microprocessors, an Intel executive said Tuesday.  —  Intel already has Android running on Atom-based smartphones and certain customers are interested in using it …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Welcome To Steve Jobs' Dark Side  —  Steve Jobs seduced New York's media moguls all too easily, convincing them his iPad would magically keep them in business — and in chauffeured limos.  But nothing easy comes free, and the publishers' digital debt is now due.
Discussion: ITworld.com and iSmashPhone
Reuters:
Huawei approached by Palm for acquisition talks: source  —  (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies HWT.UL has been tapped by money-losing smartphone maker Palm Inc (PALM.O) for preliminary acquisition talks, a source familiar with the matter said.  —  Huawei was approached through …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
MyLikes Raises $630,000 Seed Round, All From Ex-Googlers  —  Social marketing is just starting to bubble up and everybody wants in.  But only ex-Googlers needed to apply to invest in MyLikes, a social marketing ad network which just raised a $630,000 seed round.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Groupon Raises Huge New Round at $1.2 Billion Valuation  —  Fast growing Groupon, fresh off a $30 million round of financing that valued the company at around $250 million, is back raising new money.  They have closed or are in the process of closing new venture money at a $1.2 billion valuation …
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Steve Jobs: Apple owns the trademark on ‘Pad’  —  We told you last week how ContactPad was told by Apple that they could no longer use the -Pad suffix in their name.  It may sound a little nuts, but Apple's policy is that they own the trademark on “Pad” and Steve Jobs is going to enforce it.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Buzz Spreads Across The Web, Launches Official Share Buttons  —  You may remember that soon after Google Buzz launched, our crack developer Andy Brett made the Internet's first Google Buzz Button, which you could use to share our stories to the new service.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
A Brief Review of Opera Mini for iPhone  —  Opera Mini for iPhone is fast, but at best only seems 2 or 3 seconds faster at getting to a readable page than MobileSafari over AT&T's 3G network here in Philly.  And, worse, over my home Wi-Fi network, MobileSafari is faster.  I ran those tests using my iPhone 3GS.
Alastair Tse / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Mobile App for iPad now available in the App Store  —  We're pleased to announce that a new iPad-friendly version of Google Mobile App is now available in the App Store worldwide.  By “iPad-friendly”, we mean that this new version has been designed to show neatly on the iPad's screen …
Discussion: Mashable! and The Next Web
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Flip Slide HD officially official, on sale now  —  After a week of essentially non-stop leaks from Best Buy, Cisco's finally coming clean with the Flip Slide HD, the newest member of its Flip family.  Obviously the big feature here is that pop-up three-inch screen — when folded down and in record mode …
Shane McGlaun / SlashGear:
RipCode allows iPad to play Flash video  —  There are many iPad and iPhone owners that would agree the biggest single shortfall of the new iPad and the iPhone is the lack of support for Flash video.  Apple is adamant that Flash will not be supported and until HTML5 is more common in video streaming …
Discussion: RipCode, I4U News, Erictric and Neowin.net
Business Wire:
Intel Reports Record First Quarter  —  Companies:  —  Related Quotes  —  SymbolPriceChange  —  22.77  —  SANTA CLARA, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Intel Corporation today reported first-quarter revenue of $10.3 billion.  The company reported operating income of $3.4 billion, net income of $2.4 billion and EPS of 43 cents.
 
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Intel earnings impressive as first quarter sales surge
PR Newswire:
Twelve Major Broadcast Groups to Form Joint Venture to Develop …
Discussion: TechCrunch and mocoNews
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Cloud content management company 3Crowd raises $6.6M
Discussion: VatorNews and NewTeeVee
Max Wang / DigiTimes:
Samsung follows LG Display to supply panels used in iPad, say Taiwan makers
Discussion: Softpedia News and I4U News
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Paid Search Grows 11%; Bing Up 21.6%!
Tim Wu / Slate:
Is Net Neutrality Dead?
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Currently Testing New “Questions” Product
Discussion: GigaOM and Pocket-lint
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Microsoft's Silverlight 4 available Thursday
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Oracle boosts MySQL investment, targets Microsoft
Discussion: InformationWeek
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Microsoft Kin notifications have up to fifteen minute delay
Discussion: Erictric, Neowin.net and Phones Review
Lawrence Coburn / The Next Web:
Why Dave McClure is Wrong about LBS
 

 
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